Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tumbler is our take on the classic brown ale – full of roasted malt flavor but delicate on the palate and perfect for crisp fall days. Layered with notes of chocolate and toasted bread and a hint of smoke, Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer, so grab a seat and watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

2014 - Available in Fall Variety Pack (no longer available standalone)

Added by Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

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Reviews: 1,113 | Ratings: 3,377
Photo of allengarvin
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide chalice, Tumbler is a dark reddish-brown color. Not much of a head formed, and what did quickly faded. The aroma is pleasant enough, offering mostly caramel with a touch of toffeeness. The flavor continues the same general theme as the nose, plus a touch of roast. Bitterness from the roasted malt together with moderate hop bitterness offsets the sweetness well. Decently crafted, though generic.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 series marked 021111813. Sampled on Aug. 26, 2010. It has a nice looking mahogany brown pour with a thick, puffy beige head a good two inches thick that leaves a decent lace in its wake. The maltiness is up front in the aroma with a bit of toffee and sweet dark fruits. The taste begins malty and turns bitter with a dry hopped ending. A very nice balance.

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Photo of lifeboyq
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany with translucent amber hues into a stella glass. Nose is nothing but metallic, even after letting it air out. Head is one finger with slight retention. Taste is way over hopped for a brown ale, watery oxidized nothing and very hard to put much of a malt profile at all on this. Whatever malt profile there is, albeit weak is overwhelmed by the bitter. I'm not sure how this gets marks above a c. This beer is terrible and the worst brown ale I've ever had. No reason for a more extensive review.

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Photo of mikedgt
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent little brown ale. Malty, toffee overtones, some nutty goodness. A bit on the hoppy side for my opinion of what a brown ale should be, but what do you expect from Sierra Nevada? Not that the hop takes much away from the beer - it's done subtly enough. By no means is this one of the silly IPA/Brown-Ale hybrids. Could stand for a tad more sweetness for my tastes. Maybe tone down the carbonation some? But I'm being picky - but I'll take one last jab - c'mon, an "autumn" ale in early August (when I bought this sixer)?

Anyway, tell your unenlightened friend to pick this up instead of Newcastle any day. It's less expensive too.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - A nice reddish light brown color, think cherrywood with the red toned down just a bit. Nice head of off white/light tan foam.

S - Roasted malts and a touch of caramel.

T - Nice nuttiness with some roastiness. Sugary sweetness shows through. The roastiness combines with a fairly assertive hop bitterness on the finish. Those characteristics help the beer finish fairly dry considering the flavor characteristics. As it wamrms a bit, some earthy hop shows through in the finish and complements everything nicely. A nice, unique tasting brown.

M - Medium bodied. Fairly snappy, but easy to handle carbonation.

D - A nice, drinkable brown. Good combo of smooth sweetness with the roasted malt character. The hop poking it's head up at the end makes you want more.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark reddish brown amber color. Creamy white head with nice lacing.

S_Roasted grain,caramel.hops.

T_Roasted malt with hops on the back end. Caramel,brown sugar. Creamy and nutty.

M_Medium body nicley carbonated.

D_Very drinkable.Great session brown ale.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: rich dark brown, average carbonation and head
S: i get wet dog and little else
T: roasted malts, sweet grapes (I'm assuming from said malt), Sierra's standard mineral flavor, almost like iron, not very complex
M: a little on the watery side, especially for a Brown Ale.
D: all around pretty boring and disappointing. I'm love Sierra, but this one feels forced and uninspired. I would honestly expect more from them

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Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Toasted bread, nutty, some caramel, touch of fruitiness, vanilla.

L: Clear amber brown, nice creamy head, great lacing.

T: Toasty sweet malt with some leafy hoppiness on the palate. A mellow fruitiness throughout, berry like but mild, maybe apples. Mild fruity bitterness leading to a touch of herbal dryness.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, perfect medium carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, very fruity from either the hops or yeast, most likely the hops. Malt character is fairly restrained, but works well with the hops. Definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of Thur123
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with one finger of off white head with a hazy reddish brown body. The carbonation seems adequate for the style. The smell is toast, a strong mineral smell, like this is hard water. I also detect an earthy scent. Not too strong of a nose but it smells fine.

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The flavor is toast, hard mineral earthiness along with cereal grain (duh). A slight sweetness shows up as well and the finish is clean with a lingering sweet bread flavor. The mouth feel is full enough for sure and actually maybe saves this from being purely moderate. Overall a nice addition to the SN line-up.

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Photo of rlshep
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Some floral aroma. Possibly some pear. Yeasty character to it. Chocolate in the background.

Appearance: Pours thick tan head. Tons of lacing. Dark brown color with deep amber highlights.

Flavor: Creamy. Fruity. Strong malt backbone. Caramel flavor lightly burnt chocolate notes in aftertaste. Medium to medium-low bitterness. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Finish dry. No noticeable alcohol.

Overall: An excellent beer. Well balanced, not over the top. Yeast and ester profile really showcase this beer. Can have several and want more.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malt. Dark, rich roasted and--well, I'm getting ahead of myself. Poured rich and dark like coffee, with a very nice tan head that stayed through the first half. Hint of roasted and caramel (sweet, in this case) in the nose, with none of the expected smoky stout-like flavor. Initial taste was a tad sweet, rich and malty and well rounded with a mild hop bitterness. Sweetened as you went along, but no negatives in the flavor department. Might get a little rich after awhile, but these are very (emphasize very) drinkable. Could put them down easily and love every minute. Even the last few drops tasted good. Nice job.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright brown body topped with a big tight heady of fantastic retention. Ample lacing and a thick creamy cover.

S: Light bready aroma, and slightly sweet. Subtle caramel aroma. Very subdued floral hop aroma in the distant background. Nothing spectacular, but it gets the job done.

T: Bready malt backbone, and hopped just enough to balance the sweetness. Very simple flavor profile, but very pleasant. Some minor bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue.

D: Goes down very easy, and doesn't dominate the palate in any sense. Great beer to enjoy on a calm cool evening, and compliments grilled meat wonderfully.

O: Very solid selection from Sierra Nevada. I would expect nothing less.

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Photo of TK5150
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark brown with an off-white/beige head. The beer leaves decent lacing on the glass. Lighter brown edges/highlights when held up to the light.

S- Toasted malts, toffee, caramel. Not much else going on, but smells ok.

T- Toasted malts, caramel, and some herb-like hoppiness. Smokiness appears. A little spice lingers in the does hints of chocolate. Well balanced with the malts and bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. Carbonation feels sharp in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink, but nothing particularly special.

Overall, not a bad brown ale. A good beer to drink while watching football, but not the best brown ale in the world. A decent beer for the fall season.

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Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown color one or two finger head depending on the pour good head retention and a spotty lace to the finish. faint nutty smell with slightly nutty big toasted malt taste thats light and smooth and slightly dry no hops noted here in my opinion the way a brown ale should taste. a good simple straight foreword dark easy to drink beer.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Tumbler is a clear, red-brown ale with a bubbly light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a dry, wooden aroma with a green, botanical note. It's medium bodied, soft and smooth with a dry, crisp finish that leaves the mouth a little chalky. It tastes well balanced, resiny and nutty with a green, leafy bitterness. It's very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep chestnut brown with a slight chill haze. A dense cream head slowly falls to a thin film. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Bittersweet baking chocolate dominates. A light roasted grain aroma, plus a very mild coffee scent add interest. A bit of lemon is in the background.

T: Very malty. The chocolate and roasted grain from the nose come on to dominate the flavor. Bitterness is quite low and adds just a hint of pepper and lemon to the mix. Finishes with lingering molasses and roasted grain flavors.

M: The medium body is slightly syrupy and has the right level of fizz.

D: This is a very nice autumn offering from SN. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of jduffy21
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a nice 1 finger head that hangs around all the way down. Smell of malty nutty goodness. Taste Malts and nuttiness, very little hop flavor. Medium mouth feel. These go down pretty good, I could have more than a few of these on a night.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a one finger tan head. Nice retention and lot of laceing. Aroma is of spices,and bready malts,and brown sugar. Throw in a touch of hops too.Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of roasted malts and grain. Nice touch of hops in the finish. I'm not big on this style,but if you are you will like this one.

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Photo of Buebie
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally out in my region, anxiously awaited this beer.

Off a semi rigorous pour a very generous tan head forms. Pillowy light sea foam consistent head is formed. Head provides a nice show, receding to a dollop in the center with sticky, but thin full coverage lace.
Color is a light brown, mildly transparent with redish copper hues while holding to light.

Aroma is rich with cereal grains, a mild roasty character, special B like, along with honey and a bit of malt.

Taste is strongly resembling flavors, very nut brown like, although with more sweet caramel honey and a touch of hay like hops.
Feel is crisp and light.

Overall a great fall beer, or all year beer that provides nice flavor and is easy to sip on.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Big thick head, near 1", lots of spotty lace and reduces to full disk head. Clear amber/claret color.

S - Simple deep malt and bitter friend.

T - Porter like taste, nice brown light dark, some hops to challenge the malt.

M - Thin, like carb, fair balance.

D - Very easy to drink. Hot or cold day, this one goes down easy.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Dark brown, tannish brown

Smell - Some spices, pumpkin, mollasses and malts

Taste - On first drink i got a carboard sort of taste, and knowing that this was a fresh batch its either the way the beer is or the distribitor let the beer get into some sunlight. Ive sammpled this beer again and same deal.
Its a good autumn brown ale but nothing special. Its what id call a safe brew. Nothing overpowering or unique, just enough to be solid

Mouthfeel - Its very easy to drink, the pumpkin spice gives you a dry semi sweet covering of the pallette. Theres a little molasses kick to stimulate the tastebuds.

Drinkabilty - Its not bad. Its a above average beer. To be honest its not on par with sierras' other great beers. Seems like this is a safe attempt at a brown ale. I would drink again, but i surely wouldnt pick up anymore 6-packs

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Photo of bruachan
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good froth to start but declined to some ocular suds. lacing ok to start, but doesn't sustain. nice dark cherry color

airy pinetree hops. browned malt

good enough mouthfeel: judiciously distributes sweet toasty-roastiess. tastes like brown! (which means almost no esters). bitterness is strong but hops aroma and flavor are subtle. dry and very easy drinkin

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a huge amount of foamy/creamy head, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A pleasant, malty, nutty aroma.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and that brown ale nuttiness up front, with a little hops in the finish. As browns go, this one is pretty tasty.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: One of the better brown ales I've tried. Drinkable.

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Photo of speter
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent chestnut brown with a thick, foamy three-finger head that never quite went away. Impressive lacing.

S: Rich roast malt with quite a bit of chocolate character and more than your average whiff of hops.

T: The sweetness of the malt dominates the front and the roast starts to shine in the center. The finish is quite bitter, a combination of the roast and a good amount of hops. The aftertaste is similar to the finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy.

D: The complexity and balance make this a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely better when consumed warm or only slightly chilled, to bring out the full flavor.

A= nice dark chestnut, decent head, plentiful rimming & lacing.

S= faint when first poured cold, but as it warms the dark roasted malts become more evident, and some toffee, plus hops florals. Cold = 3, Warm = 4.

T= dark roasted malts, occasional rushes of creamy toffee. I had to let it sit and warm to 68 degrees F before I found it truly rich, and with nice malt thickness. Nice hops varieties although there's a very noticeable tinny bite at times, either from a small amount of a very bitter hop or from burnt malts that is a bit annoying at times.

M= some astringency on the tongue, the malts continue to sparkle with the tingle of carbonation and that odd bite hiding in the mix.

D= rather nice, sessionable unless the odd bite gets to you.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 3,377 ratings.
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